Worshippers at the official church service for Conservative Party conference have been urged to reject cuts policies and follow Jesus’ example of siding with the poor.
Members of Christianity Uncut, a network of Christians opposing neo-liberal policies and free market capitalism, handed out leaflets and food as an act of witness outside the service in Birmingham Christian Centre yesterday evening (Sunday 7 October).
Many of the worshippers were delegates to the Conservative conference, including Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Christianity Uncut gave out leaflets declaring, ‘Jesus sided with the poor. Tories side with the super-rich.’
They offered delegates and other attenders pieces of bread to symbolise a sharing of the world’s resources. They prayed for all those involved.
Their placards declared ‘Christians for social justice’, ‘Meet needs, not accounting goals’ and ‘Disability Living Allowance: 0.5% fraud, 20% cuts’.
Most worshippers took the leaflets and some engaged in conversation although a few responded rudely to polite greetings, say the organisers.
Errol Thompson was one of several Birmingham Christians who joined the act of witness. He declared: “The key for me is about economic reform. I’m coming at it from a Christian perspective. Take Matthew 20.1-16 – the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. It’s about meeting need rather than accounting for work done."
“The whole banking system is designed to take money from the poor to the rich. If you actually do the sums, there is no way, through charging interest, that the system can ever balance,” said Mr Thompson.
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